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#1 Laurie

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:11 PM

Some decent looking Champions League games tonight, some important ones too. I know that the Celtic game has its own thread but I thought we could focus on the other matches here. I won't be watching the Barca Celtic game, mainly because it doesn't really mean anything, so I will probably tune into the Arsenal game away at Napoli. 

Arsenal just need to avoid defeat to win the group and go through, but Napoli are currently joint third with Dortmund however the German side have a better head to head so the Italians need to finish above them to qualify. Arsenal travel to Naples, which should be a cracking atmosphere, whilst Dortmund are in France to face Marseille - who prop up Group F with 0 points.

In Group E Chelsea can win the group with a win or draw. I imagine the Blues will want to make sure by beating Steau at Stamford Bridge. The other game is Schalke at home to Basel, with both sides still in with a chance to go through, but the German side have to win.

In Group G Zenit and Porto are battling it out for 2nd place behind Atletico Madrid, and of course in Group H Milan and Ajax are the teams in with a chance of qualifying with Barca. Celtic are already resigned to bottom spot, but in Italy the two other sides in the group will compete for a place in the round, with Ajax requiring a victory to do so. Of course if Celtic spring a massive shock in the Nou Camp then top spot in the group could change as well.

So, what will you be watching tonight and what do you think will happen around the matches?

I'll go Chelsea and Schalke from Group E. Arsenal and Dortmund Group F. Atletico and Zenit Group G and Barca and Milan Group H.
 

Schalke 04 vs Basel
Chelsea vs Steaua Bucureşti
Olympique Marseille vs Borussia Dortmund
Napoli vs Arsenal
Austria Wien vs Zenit
Atlético Madrid vs Porto
AC Milan vs Ajax  
Barcelona vs Celtic

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:13 PM

I'm watching Napoli v Arsenal. Hoping to see a good match. Arsenal have left Ramsey and Wilshere on the bench. Walcott is another option.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:23 PM

I'm watching Napoli v Arsenal. Hoping to see a good match. Arsenal have left Ramsey and Wilshere on the bench. Walcott is another option.

 

Yeah hoping for a good game in Naples. The fact that the home side need a result will hopefully make it open and entertaining. Should be a white hot atmosphere as well. Fancy both sides to find the net too (famous last words).


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:27 PM

Yeah hoping for a good game in Naples. The fact that the home side need a result will hopefully make it open and entertaining. Should be a white hot atmosphere as well. Fancy both sides to find the net too (famous last words).


Think Napoli will miss Hamsik. Arsenal should get a lot of joy on counter attack as Napoli's full backs are almost like wing backs.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:30 PM

Think Napoli will miss Hamsik. Arsenal should get a lot of joy on counter attack as Napoli's full backs are almost like wing backs.

 

Reina is out as well. Not his biggest fan but apparently he's been doing a good job under Rafa again.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:32 PM

How is hamsik no playing ? Is he hame sick ?
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#7 Laurie

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:16 PM

Napoli Arsenal being played at a good pace so far. Napoli look fired up, closing down furiously and throwing themselves into tackles. Arsenal have looked slick moving the ball about in attack though. Promising start.
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:18 PM

Montolivio sent off for Milan so Poli on for El Shawaary.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:21 PM

Montolivio sent off for Milan so Poli on for El Shawaary.

Damn, that's not good for my main bet which has Milan on it - especially as they just need to draw.

Elsewhere it's Marseille 1 Dortmund 1, Marseille also had a red card though. Chelsea 1-0 up and Atletico 1-0 up.

EDIT: red card was actually for Marseille!

Edited by Laurie, 11 December 2013 - 08:23 PM.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:24 PM

Arsenal have made twice as many passes as Napoli.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:26 PM

Schalke v Basle 0-0
Austria Vienna v Zenit 0-1

Atletico now 2 up

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:26 PM

Zenit 1-0 up and the red cards keep coming, this time Basel down to 10.

Going well on the bet so far other than the Milan red card which I fear could be the downfall of my flutter tonight!
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:33 PM

Napoli v Arsenal 0-0 ht

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:35 PM

Napoli v Arsenal 0-0 ht


Not many chances for all the endeavour of Napoli. Started at a decent pace but if we don't get a goal soon I could see the game fading away a bit.
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:37 PM

Not many chances for all the endeavour of Napoli. Started at a decent pace but if we don't get a goal soon I could see the game fading away a bit.


I'm surprised there hasn't been a goal seeing as Napoli need to take the game to Arsenal. I'd get Insigne on for Mertens.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:59 PM

3-1 Veinna. Oh well, betting fecked for the night!

Good night Vienna...

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:00 PM

3-1 Veinna. Oh well, betting fecked for the night!

Good night Vienna...


That is an upset.

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#18 Laurie

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:02 PM

That is an upset.


Yeah it is, especially with Vienna out and Zenit with a good chance to go through. The Atletico score should mean they do so anyway though.
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:07 PM

Starting to heat up in Naples, a goal for Napoli would raise the roof at this stage.
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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:18 PM

Consider the roof officially raised. Good finish Higuian. 1-0 Napoli. Dortmund heading out now as things stand.
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